The Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 6th Grade Division gave us a look into the future. Here’s our first look at the top performers.
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 6th Grade Top Performers Part 1
Dwayne Pierce Guard (NY Gauchos) – Pierce is a big athletic guard that is hard to contain because he is always in attack mode going downhill. He rebounds very well which allows him to start the break where he makes very good decisions. In the half court when he gets the ball he understands how to get in the paint and break down the defense either scoring or driving and kicking to an open teammate. Dwayne is a matchup nightmare at the 6th grade level. He had 10 points in the championship win and 18 points in a previous game we watched including two 3 pointers.
Danny Carbuccia Forward (NY Gauchos) – The reason the Gauchos are so tough to beat is because they are so deep with good players and they have guys like Carbuccia. He is a do it all glue guy that plays hard and makes his teammates better. He is very unselfish and can play the point forward so like Pierce if he rebounds it he can just push the ball. He is a good passer and one of the best defenders on the team. The Gauchos turnover a lot of teams and convert them into easy points and Danny is at the center of a lot of that. He has 12 markers in the game we watched against the NJ Bulldogs.
Nas Simmons Guard (NY Gauchos) – Simmons is a combo guard that can really score the ball. He is one of the best three point shooters on the team and his teammates like to find him for open long range shots that he usually knocks down. He has a High IQ as we saw him make a very nice entry post pass and he also locks up on defense as we saw him get a steal and finish in traffic at the rim. He had 9 in the championship and 12 points in another game we watched.
Johnuel Fland Guard (NY Gauchos) – If you had to pick out a true point guard on the team Fland would be your guy. The Gauchos are pressing and playing defense similar to a West Virginia style of play trying to make the game fast and turn defense into offense but if you needed to run a half court set Fland would be the guy to facilitate the offense. He has a high IQ and makes good decisions. He can score of be a setup man for his teammates. He is a good three point shooter. Johnuel finished with 11 points in the championship.
Kristian Banwareesingh Forward (NY Gauchos) – Kristian is the Gauchos main post presence using his strong body to seal his defender and finish at the rim. He is a good rebounder and has a soft touch around the rim for rebound put backs. If he gets fouled he can knock down his free throws plus he can step out and knock down the 3ball. He finished with a game high 13 points in the championship.
Jaylen Mayo Forward (JC Boys Club) – Mayo was possibly the most dominant force we saw all weekend in the 6th grade division. He had a sturdy and strong frame that moved extremely well for his size. He rebounded everything on both ends of the floor getting a lot of second chance offensive rebound put backs. He also had a nice stroke from the FT line when he got fouled. Jaylen owned the paint in every game he played. He had 12 points in the championship before fouling out. He had 17 points and 12 points in two other games we watched.
Mesean Williams Guard (JC Boys Club) – Pound for pound Williams was one of the better players in the 6th grade division. He was lightning fast and had a high skill level. He could knock down the 3ball and we saw him drive to the basket and make this nasty reverse layup. On top of that he could really pass the ball and he was one of the players we saw take over games for periods of time. He also competed on the defensive end of the floor.
Brandon Srebnik Guard (JC Boys Club) – Brandon was a heady PG that takes what the defense gives him. He is a very smart player with a good feel for the game. He can knock down the 3ball and we liked how he always had his eyes up trying to find his open teammates. He made a high level lead pass down the floor to one of his streaking teammates for an easy basket. He has good height and length for a guard at this level.
Donavan Freeman Forward (JC Boys Club) – Freeman is a long lanky combo forward that eventually we feel will move strictly to a wing player once his skill catches up to his size. Passing the look test he could have been one of the top long term prospects in the 6th grade division. Right now he is a little raw on the offensive end but he showed flashes of things he could do and you could kind of see into the future. Right now he is more impactful on the defensive end as he can guard multiple positions, rebound and block shots.